My Dearest Holmes


The second part of the book focusses on the events up to and surrounding The Final Problem and then Holmes' return in The Adventure of the Empty House. It tweaks canon slightly, suggesting that this is Watson's personal account of events meant for him and maybe future, more liberal-minded readers, while The Final Problem and The Adventure of the Empty House were written for public reading. Watson's heart-wrenching grief after the Reichenbach Falls incident is horrible to read, as is the anticipation, hope and fear when he travels to Paris when Mycroft Holmes reluctantly gives him a message.

My Dearest Holmes by Rohase Piercy

My gut was wrenched in the moments leading up to his seeing Holmes again, alive and well. While it's obvious Watson's feelings for Holmes have never dulled, we do still remain unsure of the true nature of Holmes' unarguably deep affection for Watson. Whatever it is, they accept one another, and trust and need each other dearly. It's a beautiful look at the potential homoerotic undertones of the Holmes canon, and whether you choose to add it to your personal canon or not, it's gorgeously written with the same feel of the original stories.

This has definitely made its way on to my favourites list. This book is pure garbage. I found the content tedious and needless. Well, I'd say its for completists only, given that the premise is that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are gay, and most of the book is about Watson pining in unrequited love for Holmes. That's going to be a dealbreaker for a lot of readers, which is understandable. The stories of the Sherlockian Canon are about the deep friendship between the two as much as they are about crime-solving, and most fans don't like to see that friendship tampered with.

I happen to be a completist, and owner of such Well, I'd say its for completists only, given that the premise is that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. This book was published in , long before Robert Downey Jr. Clearly we Sherlockians have too much time on our hands.

But with Holmes' success in recent pop culture, there is a much larger audience for books like My Dearest Holmes. The book's premise is admittedly hard to fit into the actual Canon; Conan Doyle wrote Dr. Watson to be unambiguously attracted to women, and Piercy's retconning Mary Morstan into a lesbian who marries Watson to pose as his beard is completely implausible. Yet Piercy captures the style of the original stories quite well. It's not a bad read, and the characters ring true. The mystery in the first section is capably handled, if not quite as good as ACD, but who is?

The angst of Watson's pining does start to get a bit tiresome, though.

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But it's definitely more of a romance than a mystery, so I guess angst is to be expected. And Piercy does respect Canon Holmes' attitude towards love, which is that it's rubbish that would destroy the clarity of his deductive reasoning, which most readers interpret as asexuality although I am not convinced asexuality is the same thing as aversion to love. Nothing explicit here, the story is practically G-rated, but nonetheless, this is gay Holmes and Watson, which will no doubt be offensive to some fans. It's too bad Piercy didn't write any other pastiche, as she does have a knack for writing in the style of Conan Doyle and overall I think her talents would have been better applied to a mystery pastiche than an angsty romance.

First of all you have to consider that this novel was released in , so well ahead of the movie on Sherlock Holmes and James Watson that so openly suggested that the relationship between the two had a sexual undercurrent. Actually I have two thoughts in mind upon finishing this book: Holmes has also an addiction to cocaine, addiction that he uses as a shield whenever he wants to rule out something or someone, even Watson, from his mind. True, his marriage is only by name, and his own wife has a female lover, but nevertheless he abandoned Holmes without giving the man the chance to make a decision.

Between the two, I found Holmes to be the more coherent, and yes, also the more courageous; he maybe is not able to express his feelings if not dragged to the point of no return, but at least he is not betraying his heart. View all 3 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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To view it, click here. I'm only giving ANY stars to this because Piercy clearly did his homework within the canon. Technically speaking, anything "Sherlockian" that's been written in the past years is fan fic. I've come across some good interpretations, which manage to insert some feasible story lines into the existing canon, but this I innocently thought, not having a synopsis available, that the title was a take on the common, "My dear Watson," retort Holmes often used.

Let me be clear: I just happen to LIKE the characters the way they were originally written. If this story had taken place with other, non-canon characters, there'd be a few more stars to this review, as Piercy does use Watson's tone well and it's actually decently-written as a period piece. My first clue should've been that Watson, our narrator, describes Mr. Conan Doyle as his publicist. The entire book is an outlet for Watson to open up about "what really happened" at Reichenbach Falls, as well as the "real reason" Watson got married.

More than twice during these pages, I felt like I was doing something wrong, just having this 'literature' on my e-reader. There weren't any explicit scenes; it was primarily a tale of angst and generalized Watson's "indiscretions", but I was particularly offended at Piercy baldly stating that Watson trolled for "devious" and illegal sexual partners when denied the person he wanted. Plainly, it's self-serving -- or perhaps community-serving -- fan fic. NOT recommended for people who actually enjoy Doyle's works. Sherlock Holmes fans open to something different, fans of gay male romance.

I was intrigued by this item, a gay interpretation of the great friendship between Holmes and Watson, and I wasn't quite sure what I was going to make of it when I first started reading. I've always thought there was a deep and powerful bond between the two men, but I wasn't sure I liked the idea of it being more than that.

However, when I got into the story, I was very pleasantly surprised. The writing is excellent, and despite the obvious differences from the canonical, the voice is believable I was intrigued by this item, a gay interpretation of the great friendship between Holmes and Watson, and I wasn't quite sure what I was going to make of it when I first started reading. The writing is excellent, and despite the obvious differences from the canonical, the voice is believable and very much in the Watson style.

The period detail, and the nods to the original stories are also very well done, and with a light hand rather than ladled on. It's very much a romance between the two men, dealing with Watson's unrequited feelings for his brilliant friend as much as his desire for him. It's not a work of erotica, and love scenes are 'off camera', with the focus on the angst and yearning of Watson, and the difficulty of being in love with a man who doesn't show emotion and has difficulty even feeling it.

The author does a really good job of conveying Watson's anguish, and the result makes for a sincere and moving read. A lesson worth learning: Some exquisite pining and lovely gay! No, I think not. Yes, yes, I fully believe in the possibility of a happy platonic ending for Holmes and Watson, even this Holmes and Watson, but you don't give me all that angst and wrap it up with a single kiss and some platonic fondness. Party foul, I say. Thank god for the rest of the internet. Jul 01, Narrelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: In , author Rohase Piercy did something remarkable and controversial.

Whether Holmes reciprocates is the grand question of much of the rest of the book. Boy, did some people find that idea challenging. The Daily Mail seemed to think it would cause the fall of England, though the Guardian responded with bemused good humour. Many readers who had thought about the queer possibilities of this literary partnership were In , author Rohase Piercy did something remarkable and controversial. Many readers who had thought about the queer possibilities of this literary partnership were delighted.

The book A preface by Dr Watson is followed by part one, 'A Discreet Investigation', in which a case leads Holmes and Watson to the demi monde, a tangled case of blackmail and the question of whether Sherlock Holmes has noticed that his client and her intimate friend are in fact a lesbian couple. Told canonically from Watson's point of view, Watson's unrequited love for Holmes and attempts to deal with his unrequited affections become central.

Does Holmes know of Watson's dangerous leanings, or to whom they are directed?

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Will Watson's 'indiscretions', the way in which he tries to manage his hopeless desire, destroy their friendship? Or will Watson find a way to live with his nature while protecting both himself and Sherlock Holmes's reputation? Watson's resolution to this crisis with Mary Morstan who has secrets of her own isn't the end of the matter, however. It's a far cry from the stories Watson wrote for The Strand, which are necessarily inaccurate to protect their original clients as well as Watson's deeply troubled heart. The new edition is framed with a foreward by Charlie Raven, exploring the changes in attitude to LGBTQ relationships in the intervening 30 years, and a final essay by Piercy — "Sherlock Holmes: How does it stand up, 30 years later?

The Review Reader, it is wonderful. An angst-fest for sure, but splendidly paced, and full of teasing moments.

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Queue a heartfelt conversation that reveals that Holmes is aware of Watson's feelings and agrees that there is nothing to be done. Queer London Matt Houlbrook. Sea Prayer Khaled Hosseini. Rich People Problems Kevin Kwan. I innocently thought, not having a synopsis available, that the title was a take on the common, "My dear Watson," retort Holmes often used. The second is set during the years when Dr Watson is married to Mary Morstan and his relationship with Sherlock has become a little distant.

Some canon-esque humour gets in there, and some entertaining reworkings of the stories we know, shifted to become the history of "what really happened" in this telling. Holmes is as ineffable as ever, often fond of his friend, sometimes unkind, and a stickler for not getting sentimental about things. Along with John Watson, you can't tell how Sherlock really feels about his friend. What, if anything, does he feel, and what might he be repressing? How much does his use of the cocaine bottle relate to everything he never says?

Watson's inner turmoil is compassionately explored, as is the world under the surface of respectable London, with loves and liaisons not accepted by the mainstream but definitely humming away in the shadows. There are cases of course where Holmes is, there too are puzzles but the true, unexpressed feelings between these two great friends and colleagues is the largest puzzle of all, and it's only resolved in the last few chapters. Piercy's writing, like the best new Holmesian adventures, mimics the tone of Conan Doyle without becoming clumsy or cliched.

My Dearest Holmes has a style reminiscent of Doyle and is easy to read in that regard. Which is great, because I gulped it all down. There's a lot of hurt before we get any comfort at all, but it's well told and not without lighter, warmer moments. And while subtle in its execution, the payoff is worth the wait. I have legit wanted to read this for, like, probably 10 years? We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. We can notify you when this item is back in stock.

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The accounts of these cases are too bound up with events in my personal life which, although they may provide a plausible commentary to much of my dealings with Mr Sherlock Holmes, can never be made public while he or I remain alive Rescued from oblivion by Rohase Piercy, here are two previously unknown stories about the great detective and his companion, throwing a fresh light upon their famous partnership, and helping to explain much which has puzzled their devotees. Together Holmes and Watson face disturbing revelations as they investigate the case of the Queen Bee; and we finally learn what actually happened at the Reichenback Falls, and the real reasons which lay behind Holmes' faked death and his subsequent return.

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